The eleventh day of the eleventh month.

I was pretty proud of this column I wrote commemorating Veterans Day. It got pretty much no response — as usually happens when you think you’ve written something touching and profound. I’ve often thought about writing a book about the strangely transitory effect of wars on America, how quickly our collective knowledge of them seems to fade. Look at how completely our memory of the Korean War has thinned and vanished. Even the fact that we call it “Veterans Day” is a sign of our collective memory loss — it was originally called Armistice Day, in honor of 11 Nov. 1918. I wonder how many Americans could tell you the significance of that date.


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2 Responses to “The eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

  1. disinter Says:

    In America, we enjoy the freedom of giving half our income to the government through various forms of taxes. We have the freedom to participate in a Ponzi scheme known as Social Security. We have the freedom to vote for the president. Unlike the voters of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, who only had one choice for president, we have two choices! We have the freedom to choose between Republican-led big government programs and Democrat-led big government programs. We have the freedom to use government-controlled money, which loses value every year. We have the freedom to subsidize the poltically-connected agricultural, automotive, and banking industries. We have the freedom of sending children through the compusory government-run education system, and then pay for job training for those that get through 12 years of schooling and still don’t know how to do anything. We have the freedom to own guns, provided that said gun is approved by the government and we pass the government-mandated background check. If we get the appropriate permits and stand in then proper free-speech zone, we have the freedom to protest.

    Thanks to all the veterans that defended these freedoms and kept them from being taken away!

  2. thecivicspirit Says:

    About as insightful as any other post linking to Lew Rockwell’s site — the dumping grounds for every insipid crackpot, conspiracy theory-addled racist and Neoconfederate fascist on the Internet.

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